This week we received some great news for our state’s work force - Florida’s unemployment rate continued to drop in the month of November. Now down to 10%, it is encouraging to see that new private sector jobs are slowly but surely chipping away at our jobless rate and more Floridians are getting back to work. Even more encouraging - some of our Northwest counties are among the ones with the lowest jobless rate in our state. Okaloosa with 7.2% and Walton with 7.3 %. I believe If we continue to cut unnecessary and burdensome governmental red tape on our businesses, we can continue to improve our job market and allow for more and more of our able workers to find a job and continue to drop the unemployment rate.
Also this week in the district, I heard from many of your friends and neighbors about the redistricting process we will be facing this coming January as we begin the 2012 Regular Session. And I also had the honor and pleasure of visiting with a great group of patriotic ladies from the Walton County Federated Republican Women during their Holiday Luncheon. A big thank you to those of you who attended for your wonderful hospitality, input and support.
As we head into the final week before the holidays, I want to share with you all some advice I was given years ago. The holidays aren't about gifts or rushing around, holidays aren't about stocking stuffers and parking lots or long lines - it will all get done. The holidays are about family and joy, and no matter if you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas - celebrate together and be thankful for your life and our freedom because there is a reason for the season.